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Study The Rule Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).

So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.

Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.

“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”

continued and watch the SO goal below…

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  Tags: jose+theodore

You Have To Give To Receive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.

All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.

Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.

a bit more...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Wow… That Would Be Really Stupid

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Goaltending got you down in the dumps?  Did you wake up your children this morning demanding that they find a way to bring Tim Thomas to Hockeytown?

No?  Good. Me either.


But hey.  Want to feel smart?  ‘Cause if you do? I’ve got a plan.

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A Maple Leaf Fan’s Thoughts On Revenue Sharing

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I chose to write this piece from the point of view of a hypothetical Toronto Maple Leaf fan.  That allows me to fill in a few details that are team specific.  The general argument is the same for any large market team, but a few specifics must be changed to suit the market (for example one might remove the problem of missing the playoffs).

Toronto Maple Leafs tickets are the hottest ticket in town.  It is almost impossible to buy tickets.  As an example, I went to the Toronto Maple Leafs site through Ticketmaster and attempted to buy two tickets to the March 12th game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  This is a midweek game against a bad team that is a month away.  The best seats available were standing room only for that I get to pay over $76 for the two seats when including the Ticketmaster “convenience charge”.

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Quiet Evening

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul asked me to put up a quick post mentioning he won’t be around till tomorrow morning. So if any big news breaks tonight and KK Hockey misses it, apologies in advance.

Meanwhile, maybe check out Puck Daddy for a smattering of evening headlines, some of which we didn’t touch on today (i.e. Jose Theodore has a fan, plus Lil Wayne shares his thoughts on hockey fights, and other entertainment).

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Franzen, Homer, McCarty and Suarez

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, I’m tired.  Tired I tell you.  I sat on the couch last night, watched me some Wings and allowed this bastard to have his way with you on the Live Blog.

First time, long time. Great blog. So smart. All of you are.

Commissioner Bettman’s being interviewed on Versus. Very articulate.

Posted by Snake Plisken from Bay Road Ice Arena, Saginaw on 02/10/09 at 08:07 PM ET

And you let that go.  I was tempted to jump in and save the Live Blog.  But, I remembered our deal. I’m a healthy scratch as long as the Wings keep winning.

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Agent: Emery to Stay in KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN blog:

We have an update for you on that Ray Emery situation we first told you about this past weekend. The former Ottawa Senators goalie has had a change of heart and returned to his Russian hockey club in the KHL.

“I talked to Ray on Monday, and we made the decision that he should go back,” his agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I felt that he should finish what he started and that we would continue to work out the compensation issue.”

Emery didn’t report back to Mytishchi Atlant last week after the league’s break, citing a breach of contract with the club. Emery and Barry believed the Russian team has been using the wrong exchange rate to pay the goalie, and by their count, they were down about 33 percent in pay throughout the course of the season. Emery threatened to stay home in Ottawa until the matter was resolved, but he arrived back in Russia on Tuesday.


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: khl, ray+emery

What Do the Blackhawks Need?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:

According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:

1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.

There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.

read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list


Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trade+deadline, trade+rumors

Western Conference Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News (h/t MSNBC):

There just isn’t a night off playing in the West.

“You look at the teams out there, even L.A. is playing good right now,” Chicago forward Patrick Kane told SportingNews.com. “They’re competing for a playoff spot. All those teams out there are pretty good, especially when you go to Canada, too, and you see those hostile environments. ... You have to be on your game and mentally focused.”

With help from SportsClubStats.com, which uses a formula to predict playoff probabilities, and a little inside information from Chicago winger Adam Burish, whose Blackhawks are wrapping up a road trip that took them to half the Western cities, we break down the bubble teams.

Dallas Stars
Games played: 52
Points: 59
Probability of making the playoffs: 71.4 percent

read on to find out everyone’s chances

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: playoffs, western+conference

Nittymaki Edging Into #1 Spot in Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Flyers will continue to use goalies Marty Biron and Antero Niittymaki the rest of the season.

But it has become clear that the order has changed.

Biron, who was the main reason the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, will now have to play his way back into the No. 1 spot.

Until further notice, Niittymaki is the main man.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: antero+nittymaki, martin+biron

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